City Girls and Desperadoes
Written By Pamela Enz
Directed By Marina McClure
"My cake! My cake...there’s blood all over my cake!!"
NYC 1978 - 1979 a rag-tag band of accidental outlaws at war with their pasts explodes with high rolling, high risk relationships and the altered state that love in its most extreme form engenders, an intoxication that is as mind altering as any pharmaceutical.
This crew of broken-hearted hipsters includes: DANI (Julie Atlas Muz) a fragile reject of the American Dream, whose flight from suburbia has led her into the arms of ARTHUR (Austin Pendleton), a middle-aged Jewish man trying to avoid both himself and his culpability in the death of a young woman; SUSAN, his wife , (Meg MacCary) who has failed to provide the emotional refuge she'd promised and GARY an oh-so-much younger actor who believes it is his job to save them all. Rounding out the crew is RITA a Latina powerhouse who with LILLI her lady love sidekick play with society’s unquestioned stereotypes to acquire the power she so glamorously wields in heels.
Julie Atlas Muz
Show Score: Elliot Randall
Projection Design: Julie Petrusak
Set Design: Matthew Aquilone
Stage Manager: Robert Neapolitan
Sound Design: Alex Santullo
Lighting Design: Alexander Bartenieff
Costume Design: Everett Clark
BAD REP in its original incarnation created the Salon Series at Gallery One in Soho. Its mission was to pair unexpected combinations of mediums and artists at differing stages in their careers by reaching out to the community to find undiscovered and nascent talent to support. "Screaming for God" paired an opera singer with a novelist weaving song and text accompanied by a pianist. Another afternoon had the novelist Marianne Wiggins and playwright Keith Reddin onstage with Kimberly Robinson a pregnant teen poet discovered in a Jimmy Breslin column who wrote about Ms. Robinson when the father of her unborn baby was shot and killed. Reading her work in his column BAD REP impressed with Ms. Robinson’s poetry invited her to participate in the event in which a saxophonist accompanied the spoken words. We received awards for our series including one from Franklin Furnace, had private investors step up, and POETS & WRITERS agree to pay the talent involved. Press included The Amsterdam News, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Daily News. Our fluid group resurfaces when an opportunity to create, experiment, and most importantly, play theatrically with hybrid collaboration arises. Using a mash-up of mediums, poetry, spoken work, visual art, music and the as yet undefinable we aspire to continue doing so for many years to come.
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)
3/22 - 4/8
Thursday - Saturday 8:00 PM
Sunday 3:00 PM
Student & Senior
95 Min Runtime
(1) 10 Minute Intermission
Show contains Drug Use, Nudity, and Violence
Theater for the New City